Today, I’m linking up with Peas and Crayons for another What I Ate Wednesday post
I’m excited to be sharing a recipe today that has quickly become a staple in my weekly breakfast rotation.
I typically leave for work around 6am on weekdays, so I am constantly on the search for breakfast items that I can make in advance, store in the fridge and toss in my bag on my way out the door. I started making this Pumpkin Spice Chia Seed Pudding a few weeks ago and it has all of the qualities I look for in my workday breakfasts: simple to make, healthy, filling and easy to transport. I typically make a few jars of this at once on Sunday evening… bulk food prep = easier and less dirty dishes
Nutritionally, here are the standouts of the primary 3 ingredients:
Pumpkin –> fiber and tons of Vitamin A
Chia Seeds –> omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, fiber, protein, calcium
Milk –> protein, calcium, potassium, vitamin D
One serving of this “pudding” provides 180 calories, 9 g protein, 8 g fiber and 40% of the daily recommended amount of calcium*. The best part about this nutrition profile is that it still leaves room for me to have an additional breakfast item or morning snack
*based off of a 2000kcal diet
- 3/4 C milk of your choice (I used skim)
- 1/2 C pureed pumpkin
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 – 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice depending on taste
- sweetener of your choice (I use stevia)
1. Mix ingredients together in preferred container. I like to use mason jars because they don’t spill in my work bag and I can stick them in the dishwasher when I get home.
2. Stir well.
3. Refrigerate overnight.
4. Shake/stir well before eating.
I have tried unsuccessfully to make chia seed pudding in the past with all different types of ingredients. The issue I always have is that the chia seeds stick together in 1 big clump that I can never seem to separate, no matter how much stirring I do. The thickness of the pumpkin puree takes care of this issue, I believe, as the mixture seems to be thick enough initially to keep all of the seeds separated.
Chia seeds are a great way to add omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids to your diet. They can be kind of costly but I picked this bag up at Costco for a fairly decent price. I also see them marked down in the food section at TJ Maxx as well (random, I know!).
If you’re not a fan of the consistency of chia pudding, I also enjoy chia seeds sprinkled on top of yogurt, mixed with oatmeal and as a smoothie ingredient. I’m also noticing as I type this that there is a recipe for chia couscous on the bag of my chia seed bag, so there’s lots you can do with these little guys! I personally like them the most when they have had a chance to soak and absorb liquid first because they don’t get stuck in my teeth. First world problem, I know